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Daylight saving time Facts

Practice of advancing clocks so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less

  • In general, clocks are adjusted forward one hour near the start of spring and are adjusted backward in autumn.
  • The idea of DST was first mentioned by Benjamin Franklin in 1784.
  • Modern idea of DST was proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson.
  • It was first implemented during the World War I.
  • In 1916, Germans used DST to conserve coal during wartime.
  • British and other European allies followed Germany in using DST the same year but Russia and few other countries used it the next year.
  • United States began using DST since 1918.
  • Most of Canada use DST except Saskatchewan and parts of northeastern British Columbia.
  • It wasn't until 1996 that Mexico adopted DST.
  • Most countries near the equator don't deviate from standard time.
  • China, which spans five time zones, is always eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and it does not observe DST.
  • Japan used DST after World War II by the U.S. occupation. In 1952 it was abandoned because of strong opposition by Japanese farmers.
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